United Nations Events Scheduled
This spring, a variety of United Nations events are being offered for the University community.
United Nations Ambassador Forums
On Wednesday, February 26, Amb. Desra Percaya, permanent representative of the Republic of Indonesia to the United Nations, will speak about “Indonesia: Land of Many Cultures, Mysteries and Challenges” at 6:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room, Student Union Building, Metropolitan Campus. Amb. Hamid Al Bayati, former permanent representative of Iraq to the United Nations, will serve as moderator.
Amb. Desra Percaya
Percaya was appointed permanent representative of Indonesia to the United Nations in February 2012. Prior to his appointment, he was his country’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, where he was also accredited to the World Trade Organization and other international organizations based there.
Percaya has held a variety of posts related to multilateral diplomacy and international security since joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1986, most recently that of director of international security and disarmament in the Directorate of Multilateral Affairs in Jakarta, Indonesia.
From 2007 to 2008, he was the ministry’s spokesperson on United Nations Security Council issues, after having served as spokesperson and chief of staff in the Office of the Minister. His foreign service includes postings at Indonesia’s Permanent Mission in New York as head of political affairs/minister counsellor and head of political affairs/counsellor.
From 2000 to 2002, Percaya was special adviser to the director-general for political affairs on Aceh, in the foreign ministry, serving during the same period as head of the sub-directorate for human rights in the ministry’s International Organizations Directorate. His earliest postings to the United Nations were as an attaché, third secretary and second secretary at Indonesia’s Permanent Mission in Geneva.
On Wednesday, April 2, Amb. Kingsley Mamabolo, permanent representative of South Africa to the United Nations, will present “A Tribute to Nelson Mandela” at 6:30 p.m. in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall, College at Florham. The event will be moderated by Cecil Abrahams, campus provost (Van), who knew former President Mandela and worked beside him.
Until his appointment in 2013, Mamabolo was high commissioner (ambassador) to Nigeria since 2009. Appointed his country’s special envoy to the African Great Lakes Region in 2006, he was subsequently named deputy facilitator of the Burundi peace process. In 2002, Mamabolo was appointed special envoy of the Organization of African Unity to Sierra Leone and the Mano River Basin and deputy director-general for African affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, responsible for the overall coordination and management of bilateral and unilateral relations in Africa.
Upon returning from exile in 1994, Mamabolo joined the ministry and was appointed democratic South Africa’s first high commissioner to Zimbabwe. He then was appointed permanent representative to the Organization of African Unity and to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he was accredited as ambassador to Ethiopia, Sudan and Djibouti. His foreign-service career dates back to 1978 when at the age of 23 he was appointed deputy head of the African National Congress mission to the United Republic of Tanzania.
The U.N. Pathways Ambassador Forums are sponsored by FDU’s Office of Global Learning and are preceded by a half-hour refreshment/reception period. For information about the ambassador forums contact Sarah Horn, operations specialist, global learning, and assistant director, Global Enterprise Network (Metro), at 201-692-7362 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two Special U.N. Pathways Events
On Wednesday, April 16, Amir Dossal, founder and chairman of the Global Partnerships Forum, will speak on the “United Nations and Effective Private Sector Partnerships: Fact or Fiction,” at 6:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room, Student Union Building, Metropolitan Campus. The Office of Global Learning/U.N. Pathways and the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship are hosting the event.
Global Partnerships Forum is an international platform working to address economic and social challenges. Dossal is also co-founder of Pearl Initiative, a CEO-led program promoting transparency and accountability in the Middle East. In 2013, he was appointed co-chair of the Sustainable Oceans Alliance, a global initiative of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to focus the international community on the need for healthy oceans. Dossal is also commissioner of the Broadband Commission for Digital Development and special representative of the secretary-general of the International Telecommunication Union for Global Partnerships.
Dossal is a 25-year veteran of the United Nations and was the United Nations’ chief liaison for partnerships. As executive director, he forged strategic alliances with governments, multilateral agencies, business groups, foundations and civil society, to address the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
On Wednesday, April 30, Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, U.N. high representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC), will discuss “UNAOC: Gateway to World Peace?” at 6:30 p.m. in Lenfell Hall, Hennessy Hall, College at Florham. Prior to his present post at the United Nations, Al-Nasser was the president of the 66th session of the United Nations and represented his country on the Security Council and also served as its president. A veteran diplomat (entering the international arena in 1972), he has the rank of minister, granted by His Highness the Emir of the State of Qatar.
From 1998 to 2011, Al-Nasser served as ambassador and permanent representative of Qatar to the United Nations. During his term, he served as vice president of the 57th session of the General Assembly, and has served as nonresident ambassador to a number of countries in the Americas, including Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Cuba, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay and Uruguay. He has also served in a variety of capacities in Lebanon and the United Arab Emirates.
For more information, contact Jo Anne Murphy, director of programs with intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations, international education (Flor), at email@example.com.
United Nations International Day of Happiness
In commemoration of the United Nations International Day of Happiness, a variety of events will occur from March 24 through 28. The event will be held at both New Jersey campuses, in collaboration with student organizations. For information, contact Jo Anne Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Videoconferences, NGO Briefings
On Tuesday, February 25, a United Nations Pathways videoconference on “The Path to Preventing and Healing Human Rights and Humanitarian Crises in Today’s World” will feature Claudia Diaz, human rights officer, U.N. Office on Genocide Prevention and Responsibility to Protect.
On Tuesday, April 8, Jeffrey Huffines, CIVICUS U.N. representative (New York) and chair of the 65th Annual DPI/NGO Conference on “The Role of Civil Society I the Post-2015 Agenda (August 28–29, 2014), will speak on “The Role of Civil Society in the Post-2015 Agenda.” CIVICUS is an international alliance dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society throughout the world.
All videoconferences are held from noon–1:30 p.m., in both New Jersey campuses’ ITV rooms (Room 1132, Continuing Education Suite, Dickinson Hall, Metropolitan Campus, and Room 214, Dreyfuss Building, College at Florham). The events are open only to members of the FDU community.
Faculty, staff and students are also invited to attend nongovernmental organization (NGO) briefings to be held on Thursdays at U.N. Headquarters in New York City. These briefings are open to Fairleigh Dickinson because it is one of approximately 10 universities in the country to earn accreditation as an NGO from the Department of Public Information of the United Nations.
A pass is needed to attend the briefings, which are facilitated by the Office of Global Learning and are sponsored by the U.N. Department of Public Information. Faculty, staff and students who are interested in attending a briefing, as well as faculty who plan to take their class to a briefing should send an email to Jo Anne Murphy (email@example.com), with a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org, to facilitate arrangements. For a schedule of briefings and information on the topics go to http://outreach.un.org/ngorelations/calendar/briefings/ .